Adult Events

We run a range of events for adults. Some events are family-friendly and others are adult-only. Members and non-members are welcome to all our events. For any paying events, members always get a discount (as well as 10% off at the cafe!)

Crafty Monday – a weekly drop-in group for knitters and crocheters, 1.30-3.30 (Cafe) in term time.

Gardening – every Tuesday 9.30-11.30, followed by a cup of tea at the cafe (Feb- Nov). Some Saturdays and a weekday evening in summer months.

Woods for Wellbeing – Mindfulness and natural crafts (one-off events)

Christmas Wreath Making – annual (start of December). This event must be booked in advance (advertised from September)

All other ‘one-off events’ will be on our main event calendar:


Events by outside providers

Events by outside providers

The following events are run in and around the park but not officially linked to The Friends of Rowntree Park. Please contact the individual providers for further details.

Tai Chi in the park – Saturdays 9am – Join Richard, an instructor with over 35 years experience, for his Saturday morning sessions in the park. Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. It is said to have many health benefits including reducing stress, improving sleep, helps cognition and balance and more! This session is aimed at adults and is ‘pay as you feel’. Takes place outside. Contact Richard.

Rowntree Park tennis club is a private club that manages the tennis courts, and that welcomes new members. The club now offers an online booking system, which lets the public book and pay for the courts.  There are a number of sessions for adults and children that you can book onto.

Ready Steady Mums – are a group of parents who meet each Monday at 10am at the Butcher Terrace Gates.  They walk, chat and then get coffee!

Orienteering – There is a permanent orienteering course set up in the park by Eborienteers.  Maps can be borrowed from the cafe or you can download the maps for the three routes here

York Volleyball Club run an open session on Thursday evenings during the summer, either in Butcher Terrace Field or just outside the park, near Millennium Bridge.

Nordic walkers also use the park as their starting and finishing point on Mondays and Fridays. Find out more here

Woods for wellbeing Rowntree Park

Run an event in Rowntree Park

We help organise smaller events and often run events in conjunction with outside providers. Please contact us if you have an event in mind.

For larger events, contact Make it York to find out about running a large event in the Park that is not linked to the Friends of Rowntree Park.

Gardening in the park is so rewarding. A fantastic group of people, great exercise and standing back and admiring your work!